First Rains and First Chanterelles of the Season

On the last day of July, I have found my first Golden Chanterelle of the season!!! Let the foraging begin…  Ole’.. Ole’.. Ole’… Ole’…however I am not the first to find some.  Two fellow scshroomer’s have found a few.  First reported sighting were above Trout lake up in the Carston Lake area… second was somewhere up the B&K road.

I know this is vague, but everyone has their “special” places that they want to keep special.

My sighting also happened in my secret place  just steps from my back door. I  pick a few in the same spot last year, which surprised me, as the woods in the “back 40” are very young. Last year there was some discussion on the scshroom list serve about this topic.  Some mycologists and biologist are of the view that once a forest has been clear cut, and either re-forested manually or grows back naturally, it may take between 60 and 70 years, if ever, before the fungi have returned.

The discussion on the list serve seemed to contradict that theory, in that some had been picking in relatively new stands 20-30 years old.  One writer had observed Chanterelles growing in a relativeley new clear-cut, with no trees around.  The thought was  that the trees were gone, but maybe their root systems still survived.

What ever the reason may be, it appears that the Chanterelle is a hardy specimen and we are happy to see their return to areas destroyed by clear cut logging.

My other sighting this week since the rain was that of a couple of Velvet Pax or Tapenella atrotomentosa.. one of the dyers species. I found these on a hike up to Smugglers Cove this last week.

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This is a commonly used and well loved dyers mushroom. A friend of mine and another avid mushroomer/ fabric artist, Ann Harmer, has been working with mushrooms as her colour sources for a number of years. This is but one of many species that are picked for the purpose of dying  here ion the coast.

You should check out her website, SHROOMWORKS at the following link..

Its very encouraging that even with the intense heat and dry period we are having, the mushrooms are trying to do what they do, which is to fruit, sporeate and spread their genetic material around. I and many others like to gather a few when they are in the fruiting stage, and consume them.  I will share a couple of delicious recipes once the bounty begins sometimes this fall.

So, I guess it’s time to show my find.  Don’t laugh, as it is very small, and dense, but I am positive it is a Golden Chanterelle, growing in the exact same spot as as last year, in the same patch of moss, between two tree roots.  Here is it…TADA>>>>



Zoom in and take a look… also I must give credit to the photographer, Kirsten Wassermann, our first WWOOFer from Germany. She has been great, is a hard worker,  never complains about any work she has to do, great story teller and fun to have around.

She leaves tomorrow for a weekend in Vancouver and then is off to do more wwoofing on Vancouver Island.

So once again, send me your pictures of your finds, ( telling me where you found them, wink, wink) and I hope to see you out on the trails some day. coastalshroomer.




One thought on “First Rains and First Chanterelles of the Season

  1. No chanterelles up this way yet, but I, too, have found Velvet Pax – three so far. (If you find any more, could you collect them for me? They’re not edible, after all!) A friend found a patch of seven Lobsters a few days after the rains, right at the edge of her driveway. Let the mushrooming begin!

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